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Dizziness While Standing Up: What Causes It?

At some point in life, you may have experienced dizziness while standing up. Dizziness includes three subtly different symptoms: Lightheadedness, where your head feels light, as if you may feel faint Vertigo, where you feel that the room or world is spinning Unsteadiness, where you feel like you are unstable … Read More

What Causes Fainting?

The medical term for fainting is syncope, and it refers to a sudden loss of consciousness that can happen due to hypoxia (oxygen deprivation in the brain). If the levels of blood and oxygen in your brain decrease for any reason, your brain reroutes blood and oxygen from non-vital parts … Read More

Blood Thinners: Consider Safety Along with Convenience

Whether you have atrial fibrillation (Afib) or a history of developing blood clots in your legs or lungs, you need to talk to your doctor about taking an oral anticoagulant medication. In a person with Afib, these blood thinners can prevent a blood clot from forming in the heart, traveling … Read More

Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Stroke Causes

About 87 percent of strokes are ischemic, meaning they are caused by a blockage of blood flow to the brain. Most ischemic strokes are the result of cardiovascular disease, or atherosclerosis. Ischemic stroke causes can also be from a clot (embolism) that forms in the heart or aorta, breaks away, … Read More

What You Should Know About Open-Heart Surgery

The phrase open-heart surgery is often used interchangeably with “bypass surgery,” which is technically “coronary artery bypass grafting,” or CABG. But open-heart surgery can actually refer to any of several operations that require surgeons to open up the chest cavity and work directly on the heart. Other procedures requiring open-heart … Read More

Is Your Child at Risk for Rheumatic Heart Disease?

Up until the 1960s, anyone who developed strep throat was at an extremely high risk for rheumatic fever. It’s an affliction that can lead to rheumatic heart disease and other serious complications. But with the development of effective antibiotics to treat strep throat, rheumatic fever is far less common in … Read More

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